Originally Published: November 1, 2010 9:50 p.m.
Arizona Highways magazine won "Magazine of the Year" at the 2010 International Regional Magazine Association Conference (IRMA) this past month in Branson, Mo.
In addition, the state's 85-year-old publication claimed honors in 12 categories, including Public Issues, Environmental Feature, Travel Feature, Photo Series and Art Direction.
The magazine, led by publisher Win Holden and editor-in-chief Robert Stieve, competed against 39 other celebrated regional publications, such as British Columbia Magazine, Cottage Life and Missouri Life, which played host to the conference.
Arizona Highways' photojournalism, directed by photo editor Jeff Kida, was recognized in several areas, including Best Photo Series (Gold for "Rock Art"), Overall Art Direction in a publication with more than 40,000 circulation, Art Direction for a Single Story and Best Single Photo.
The magazine's "Peace on Earth" feature in the December 2009 issue won Bronze for Best Special Focus, and Silver for Best Cover. "Ancient Creeks," written by Craig Childs, won Gold for Best Essay.
"Arizona Highways is for people who enjoy and are inspired by Arizona's unique outdoor experience, rich history and diverse culture," Holden said. "This recognition is a true endorsement of the wonderful work being done by our staff and outside contributors each month. We are thrilled to be honored among the many outstanding IRMA state and regional magazines."
IRMA is a non-profit trade organization comprising 39 regional magazines from the United States and Canada. An independent panel of judges chose winners from those 39 magazines in multiple categories.